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Consultation on the ARB General Rules – Temporary Appointments

Opening date: Monday 22 July 2019
Closing Date: Midday on Wednesday 4 September 2019

The Architects Registration Board was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK.  We are an independent public interest body, and our work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.

Background to consultation
The Architects Registration Board has agreed to hold a consultation exercise following its proposals to amend the Board’s General Rules.  The consultation will comply with ARB’s Code of practice for consultations which can be found here.

Purpose of consultation
Under Section 23(1) of the Architects Act 1997, the Board may make rules generally for carrying out or facilitating the purposes of this Act.  The Board has established a set of General Rules for this purpose.

On 7 January 2019, a revised version of the Architects Act 1997 came into force which made changes to the Act in relation to the constitution of the Board and the Professional Conduct Committee.

Schedule 1 of the Act states that:

1.—(1) The Board is to consist of eleven members—

(a) a person appointed to be chair of the Board who is not registered in Part 1 of the Register;

(b) five other persons not registered in Part 1 of the Register, and (c) five persons registered in Part 1 of the Register.

 (2) The members are to be appointed by the Privy Council after consultation with the Secretary of State and such other persons or bodies as the Privy Council thinks fit.

 (3) Rules made by the Board may make provision for the temporary appointment of a person to act as a member of the Board in such circumstances as may be prescribed.’

The Board may therefore make provisions for the temporary appointment to the Board in circumstances which it sets down in its rules under the legislation.  In line with good governance practice, the Board has determined that it would be prudent to make such rules in the event that the Board finds itself in a position whereby it needs to make a temporary appointment.

Consultation documents
Please use the links below to access the consultation documents.

Proposed Rule (PDF)

Consultation response form (PDF)
Consultation response form (Word)

Equality & Diversity data form (PDF)